How To Prepare Your Chandler Home For The Hot Summer Heat
As we enter the summer there is some good news about living in Chandler AZ. The nights in Chandler cool down much faster than the rest of the city do to the desert and crops in the outlying areas. This is similar to Tucson as well; although Tucson has a completely different weather pattern coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. None the less, Chandler is cooler than Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix. If I didn’t mention at least once that I am a Chandler Realtor I wouldn’t be doing my job. But this article is written as more of a service to you in hopes of helping you keep your costs down and enjoy your summer in sunny Chandler AZ. As a kids we used to drive down the streets during the summer and the very minute we would drive down a street with a lot of foliage or citrus trees you would feel and immediate drop in temperature by at least 1o degrees. Now I am not saying this is “cool” per se but the evenings around the pool through most of the summer are actually quite pleasant. Especially if you live in a lake subdivision. A friend of mine lives on the lake and he describes it as a giant swamp cooler and it just so happens that every evening during the summer months the winds shift and blow over the lake and then hit his house thus the evenings on his patio are glorious!
Homes For Sale in Lake Communities in Chandler AZ
Fulton Ranch was one of the last lake communities to be built before Chandler enacted a moratorium prohibiting the building of lake communities. Of course we see these over turned all the time, especially if the lakes are a part of the canal system whereby they don’t retain water and allow it to evaporate. By the way if you are an Angler the fishing in these community lakes in Chandler and other cities is unbelievable. Another friend of mine lives in Dobson Ranch and pulls out 5 pound Large Mouth Bass all day long. His neighbor caught a 14 pound Large Mouth and the guy across the lake caught a 60 pound Cat Fish that looked like a shark. These are catch and release lakes and some of them have 3 pound Blue Gills as well. But none the less if you are looking for a home in a lake community click here to view all of the homes for sale in waterfront communities. You can further narrow this by the tool bar on the right side of the map. There are even a few water skiing lake communities in Chandler and Gilbert as well. Arizona has more boats per capita than any other state in the union. But no doubt about it we are at that time of year, when the sun is shining bright and all we really have on our minds is getting out of town to enjoy a beach vacation.
Here are some ways to prepare your home for summer months of Arizona:
1. Get your air conditioner ready
Cleaning your AC unit and having any necessary service will help it work at its best capacity. Prepare you air conditioner for summer by cleaning it. Shut the air conditioner off, and clear away leaves and yard debris outside. Inside, clean or replace filters, said Safe Electricity. Dust the fan blades if you can do so safely. Make sure air can flow freely over the inside and outside coils. It is a good idea to call a professional to inspect your unit early in the summer. Most importantly you really have to change the filters monthly and of they are permanent filters, clean them weekly and hose them off every other week. Also if you need to replace your AC unit it is better to be a little short on power than over. An AC Man once told me that if your home is on the fringe of needing a 4 ton unit or a 5 ton unit to go with the 4 ton unit. He said that the smaller unit will run more efficiently, it will balance the the coolant and run better, it won’t turn on and off all day and eat all that electricity, and the unit will last “years longer”.
2. Change your filters
Anyone who lives in a warm climate is on a constant search for ways to keep electric bills down. Clean, new filters work more efficiently, which can help keep cooling costs lower. Fuller Construction & Interiors also recommends checking doors and windows for any areas that need to be shored up. Proper insulation will help keep cold air in and warm air out. Again the problem with dirty filters is they allow the dust to cling to the coils and make the unit run harder, but cheap filters aren’t really filters at all. You know the ones I am talking about; those that you can pour sand through them, these filters often make whistling sounds and don’t trap the fine Arizona dust. But don’t go overboard with the pleated filters either and suffocate your unit. This will take years off the life of the unit and make it run harder and more costly, find a mid-ground between the two and if you buy the nylon washable ones make sure you hose them off bi-weekly, shake the excess water out and put it back in place and it will dry out itself.
3. Change the filter in your fridge too
Summer is a good time to check the filter in your refrigerator. If it’s more than six months old, get a new one so all that lemonade you make on sunny summer days tastes as fresh as possible. Also the best way to keep the cost of your refrigerator and freezer down it to keep it full even if you have to put plastic water bottles in there. These take up cubic space, stay cool and thus create “less” area to cool.
4. Adjust your sprinklers
Your lawn may need to be watered more frequently during the summer. Or perhaps your city is under watering restrictions because of drought conditions. Either way, it’s time to get your hands on that automatic sprinkler control. You don’t want to be the only house on your block with brown grass. And you don’t want to get in trouble by the water police either! Be careful about fertilizing your lawn, when I do this I have to cut the lawn twice a week and frankly the green grass isn’t worth the extra labor and water. Water for longer periods to get down to the roots early in the morning and maybe a quick 5 minutes at noon to cool off the grass. When watering trees such as citrus, you have to water them for at least 4 hours or else you are just watering the dirt. The roots are often 5 to 6 feet deep and you should let the area under the tree flood and then cut back on the water to maintain that flood level for 4 hours twice a month and you will have some happy fruit trees in the fall.
6. Change your bedding
Still sleeping with flannel sheets and a heavy-duty down comforter? It’s time to strip it down. Temperature-regulating sheets may help keep you cooler at night, which means you may be able to turn your thermostat up and save yourself a few bucks. Ceiling fans are remarkable and even the air purifiers on the floor will blow the cool air off the ground and up to your bed. You really notice this during the winter when those air purifiers make your bedroom freezing cold!
7. Dual Pane Windows
These are pretty much the standard today but if you don’t have them you really need to calculate the cost and payback period because I personally have serious doubts about their ability to keep the house cooler. In all reality you are better off buying a cheap bamboo shade or awning and hang it outside of the window to intercept the sun before it hits the window pane. The dual pane windows do have a baffle effect for noise but the payback in terms of cost and electricity savings is questionable. You are much better off blowing in extra insulation in the attic and planting trees for shade.
Well the Pro’s say 83 degrees during the day is the magic number but if you have people and pets at home this isn’t possible so try to save the real cool air for bed time and IF YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING remember this: your electric bill is based on the peak demand period for the month and then this is used as a multiplier. So do not run multiple appliances at the same time. Even the iron dims your lights and eats a lot of electricity. Run the dishwasher before bed time; the washer after 8:30 or 9:00 and never at the same time with the dryer. In fact I dry my cloths in the garage on a folding cloths dryer. Fluff them for a few minutes and then let the garage do its thing. And lighting in the house, have you ever noticed how much heat a single light bulb throws off? try to get by with as few lights as possible and maybe you can take these dollars that you save this summer and take a short trip to the coast! I though about dropping a thermostat in the master bedroom because often the hallway is where the temp should be but the bedroom goes through temperature swings that often wake me up throughout the night.
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